- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A man who was shot and wounded by a central Missouri deputy has been charged with first-degree assault.

Twenty-eight-year-old Joshua Huddleston of California, Missouri, was also charged Monday with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office says Huddleston remains hospitalized in stable condition. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The probable cause statement says that police responded Saturday after an intoxicated Huddleston pointed two firearms at a man’s head and fired a round in the direction of fleeing people. The confrontation started with Huddleston, who is white, directing racial slurs at a black man during a large gathering. The statement says Huddleston was shot after refusing to disarm himself.

The deputy involved in the shooting also is white.

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